Wrapper: Honduras – Trojes farm
Binder: Honduras, Nicaragua (Double Binder – contains two leaves for binder)
Filler: Unknown – but contains seven leaves of filler
Toro: 6 x 52
For its 2013 release of the Fine and Rare, Alec Bradley returns to the original blend that was done for the Fine and Rare 2011 – which is known wass HJ10-i and thus why the Fine and Rare 2013 is called HJ10-i Second Issue.
I recently assessed this cigar on Cigar Coop and wrote:
While there were parallels, I found the HJ10-i Second Issue to deliver a somewhat different flavor profile than the original. The HJ10-i Second Issue starts out with notes of natural tobacco, pepper, and cinnamon. The spice developed into more of a baker’s spice. By the second third, the flavor profile had more of an earthy profile with some diminished spice. In the last third, the baker’s spice and pepper re-emerged with a little citrus. While the Second Issue had much more in the way of complexity, the flavors seemed a little less wow factor than the 2011 edition.
I found the Fine and Rare 2013 to be medium strength, medium-bodied cigar with an excellent draw and burn. While I don’t think this one wow’d me as much as the first two Fine and Rare releases, this is still a good cigar. It’s worth a fiver with the caveat that these be smoked right away as the Fine and Rares have not historically had aging potential in our book.